Venue Management

National Coaching Week

There are many ways to help improve club management - below you'll find information on the free online venue management tool, ClubSpark, for LTA Registered Venues, club development plan tips and models for programme management. 

ClubSpark

ClubSpark is a simple and flexible online venue management system that is dedicated to making life easier for tennis  venues and coaches. We provide this incredible online tool completely free to LTA Registered Venues and have built the system solely with tennis clubs and venues in mind. ClubSpark is continuing to be developed and evolved with additional functionality being added to improve the experienceand support for clubs and venues. 

ClubSpark is an online tool that is designed to make it easier to manage most aspects of your venue, along with providing significant promotional support for your venue.

The following modules are available to support clubs and venues:

  • Membership Management
    Manage and promote your membership packages online; stay on top of renewals and make it easier for potential new members to join the club through secure online payments.
  • Court Bookings
    Make your club more accessible and flexible by allowing participants to book courts at the club online, as well as helping your members to keep informed as to the various activities taking place at the club.
  • Build your own Website for free
    ClubSpark is designed to integrate with your existing website, but if you are looking for a new one the ClubSpark website module can help you build a website quickly, easily and for free. You can customise the appearance and manage the content as you wish, all with no coding or technical knowledge. It provides your club with a mobile-friendly, attractive website.
  • Manage your Coaching Programme
    Manage all bookings and payments online for your coaching programmes, making it easier and more customer-friendly for you to promote and sign-up new participants.
  • Improved Communication
    Communicating with your members and club contacts is made easy through ClubSpark. Send messages and notices to all members or particular groupings of members quickly and simply - helping to keep members informed of what is happening at the club.

Find out more about ClubSpark by watching a short video.

Start using ClubSpark today and register your venue. For ClubSpark questions or looking for more detailed support then visit the ClubSpark support platform.

Club Development Plan

A long-term development plan helps all within the club understand the direction that the club is moving towards and identifies the step-by-step actions that members of the club need to achieve. 

A club development plan provides a basis for the committee to steer the club towards, and helps to ensure that the club is focussed on those areas that really will help the club achieve their aspirational goals.

How to write a club development plan

We recommend writing a four year club development plan and for information on how to write an effective plan please read the Club Development Plan Guidance.

To help with planning please download the Club Development Plan Template and to break these goals into manageable chunks we encourage clubs to also use the Club Annual Action Plan Template.

Club Development Workshops

Our Club Development Workshop Programme provides a range of different courses tailored to the specific needs of tennis clubs.

Subject specialists deliver the workshops, providing informative and engaging sessions which actively encourage clubs to share their experiences and ask questions. As well as learning from the tutor leading the workshop, there are also opportunities to learn what other clubs are doing. Workshop topics include funding, governance, marketing, and social media & digital promotion. 

To find and book onto an LTA Club Development Workshop, please visit out Find a course tool.

Tennis Programme Management

Regardless of whether you are operating as a commercial tennis venue or a small village club, you should be thinking about your venue programme and any associated costs.

Programme models

Tennis programmes are the core of any well run tennis venue as it ensures the membership is engaged in the game, regardless of their reasons for playing. Below, find example programme models that you can put in place at your own tennis venue.

A cost effective tennis programme

This excel spread sheet will assist you in costing your tennis programme, listing income streams & key overheads to ensure the programme is profitable.

LTA Legal & Tax Helpline

Our specialist legal and tax helpline, operated by a leading commercial law firm, can provide valuable guidance and advice on business-related topics for clubs and coaches, including the following:

  • Governance and Incorporation
  • Contracts
  • Tax Treatment and Advice
  • Employment Law
  • Property Law
  • Disciplinary and Safeguarding Regulations
  • Data Protection & GDPR

To access support from the LTA Legal & Tax helpline, you simply need to call 03330 433 232 and quote your LTA Registration or Coach Accreditation number.